Nov. 24, 2009
The Youth Orchestras of the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music will present their winter concert at Morningside College on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave. The concert is free and open to the public.
The concert will include performances by the Siouxland Youth Symphony, conducted by Joseph Shufro; the Siouxland Philharmonia, conducted by Dr. Dan Auerbach; and the Siouxland Symphonette, conducted by Jungho Kim. A variety of selections will be performed, including "Jingle Bells" arranged by Wieloszyski; "Impresario" overture by Mozart; "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" by Howard Shore (arranged by Ceurlli); and "Reformation" symphony by Mendelssohn.
Shufro is an associate professor of music at Morningside College and a cello instructor for the academy. He is principal cellist for the Sioux City Symphony, where he has appeared as a soloist and guest conductor. Auerbach is the associate principal violinist of the Sioux City Symphony and teaches at Morningside College. Kim is the associate conductor and education director for the Sioux City Symphony.
The Leo Kucinski Academy of Music serves musicians from the age of 4 through adults. Young musicians from Sioux City and surrounding communities rehearse with the Youth Orchestras on Monday evenings on the Morningside College campus. In addition to managing the Siouxland Youth Orchestras, the academy provides private instruction on all band and orchestral instruments, including guitar, piano and voice. It offers monthly workshops, performance classes and early string group classes, and it also administers the Bishop Heelan Catholic School String Program.
The academy is made possible in part by a partnership between Morningside College and the Sioux City Symphony. Need-based scholarships for students are available through funding from the Gilchrist Foundation.
Auditions for the Youth Orchestras program's second session will be held in January. For more information on any aspect of the LKAM, contact Melissa Cummins, executive director of the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music, at 712-274-5218.